Call for Nominations Southern Management Association (SMA) 2022 Pre-Doctoral Consortium

Update 7/8/2022: Many thanks to those who have nominated participants for our SMA Pre-Doctoral Consortium. This one-day consortium provides professional advice and networking opportunities to those strongly considering a management doctoral program. SMA has funding for additional spots in our Pre-Doctoral Consortium, and we are extending the application deadline to September 15th to maximize participation.

The annual Pre-Doctoral Consortium hosted by the Southern Management Association (SMA), will be held at the Little Rock Marriot in Little Rock, AR on October 18-22, 2022 as part of the Annual Meetings. SMA hosts a pre-doctoral consortium to provide professional advice for those strongly considering attending a doctoral program in Management or a related field. The consortium will include nationally recognized scholars, coordinators of Ph.D. programs, and current students who will provide insight into key topics including the application process, expectations of doctoral students, student-doctoral program fit, and careers in academia. 

In addition, opportunities for networking with current doctoral students, faculty, and PhD program directors are built into the program. SMA will provide breakfast and lunch on the day of the consortium as well. To provide more encouragement, SMA is awarding $500 stipends to help with travel expenses¹.

Applicants should use the link below and fill out the application form by September 15, 2022. They will also need to upload a short letter of interest and a current CV or resume as well as provide contact information for a faculty reference. Application letters can be brief but should state why the students want to attend the consortium and discuss how it will help them accomplish their career goals. 

Please submit questions electronically to Dr. Ben McLarty at Mississippi State University at

Apply to the Pre-Doctoral Consortium Here

¹Stipends are awarded competitively to up to 20 participants; a limited number of additional seats for non-funded participants may be available. Participants must attend the entire one-day consortium program in order to receive their funding